A commemorative event dedicated to Yervand Petrosyan, a graduate of the Faculty of Philology, a poet and children's writer, was held at the Faculty of Philology.
Within the framework of the event, Dean of the Faculty of Philology, Professor Ashot Galstyan presented the notable alumni of the Faculty, including Hrant Matevosyan, Razmik Davoyan and Yervand Petrosyan, emphasizing that the latter is particularly known as a children's writer whose works are included in school textbooks.
The event was attended by professors, students, contemporaries and relatives of the writer.
Yervand Petrosyan is the author of a number of collections, including “The Window,” “Undying Day,” “The Tale of the Mosquito and Elephants,” “The Tree of Time," "Holiday of the Sun," "From Aragats to Ararat", “The Tree of Secrets,” "The Mouse Book", “ The Grandfather and the Grandson" and others, which stand out for undisguised love for children.
The attendees also watched a video about Yervand Petrosyan, and memorable episodes from the writer's life and activity.
In her report, Associate Professor Meline Gilavyan referred to the writer's children's works, literary mastery and visual art, stressing "being a traditionalist, he [Yervand Petrosyan] was an innovator, and being an innovator, he was a traditionist."
Naira Khachatryan, Associate Professor at the Chair of New and Modern Armenian Literature and its Teaching Methods, said Yervand Petrosyan's literary legacy is a huge wealth, a living library. “How true is his description - every person is the exact reflection of his childhood!” she stressed.
Hovhannes Sargsyan, a PhD student at the Chair of Ancient and Medieval Armenian Literature and its Teaching Methods, who comes from Hnaberd, presented "Yervand Petrosyan - a Poet with Two Hearts," a book by Ludwig Karapetyan, Yervand Petrosyan's childhood friend. In the book, the author has compiled memoirs about the writer from childhood to adolescence. “Yervand Petrosyan has two hearts: one belongs to children and the other - to adults," he said.
Professor Aelita Dolukhanyan is proud to say that the greatest figures of modern Armenian children's literature - Suren Muradyan, Liparit Sargsyan and Yervand Petrosyan are graduates of the Faculty of Philology. They are all patriotic and studious people who carry the best traits of the Armenian nation.
"I knew Yervand Petrosyan for a long time – a fragile personality, an example of humanity and patriotism," said Professor Vazgen Hambardzumyan. Professor Martin Gilavyan remembers Yervand Petrosyan as an avid chess player. During the matinée, he recalled many interesting episodes of chess games he had played the writer.
Professor Gilavyan notes with regret that ‘the Armenian literary thought owes a lot to children's literature:’ “Very few literary articles about children's literature are published nowadays,” he said.
The participants of the commemorative event presented interesting stories about to their beloved friend, children's writer Yervand Petrosyan, emphasizing that Yervand will illuminate the horizon with his light and activity.